Workshop: Intro to Climate Colonialism

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From displacement to genocide, land clearances to build plantations and extract fossil fuels and other materials (and therefore slavery), from social Darwinism to mass disparity in resources in adapting to climate change. The origins of climate change are rooted in the origins of colonialism, and the impact of climate change plays out in the same way.

But its not the narrative we hear through mainstream media or by the government.

*So, what’s this workshop about?*

This workshop will guide activists through a journey of unlearning and relearning. We will look at the ways (and specifically, ideas) which has allowed climate chaos to follow. We will look at the way in which different communities are affects by climate change. We will look at the extraction (and fossil fuels) industry and its role in making climate change happen. We will also look at food systems, land use, cultural impacts, and all its intersections. We will especially look at how climate change “solutions” are reproducing those forms of colonialism.

Finally, we will look to see how what we all learn together in the workshop will impact our activism’s. How can we make our actions and activism ‘decolonising’? How can we build stronger communities not only of ‘rebellion’ but of resilience? Where do we go from here?

This workshop is designed to start your journey down a decolonised practise of climate activism. If there is interest we can go further along this path in future workshops.

*Who is this workshop for?*

This workshop is aimed at beginners – climate change activists who have sometimes reflected on the injustice and inequality of climate change but not known what to do about it.

*By attending, what am I agreeing to?*

This workshop will be a space for collective learning. By attending, you are agreeing to be part of a community, working together to explore ideas and concepts together. Please come with an open mind, and an open heart.

There is no space within this workshop for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, casteism, ableism, etc. By attending you are agreeing to respect those around you and be open to being called out.

A full group agreement will be collectively decided on at the beginning of the workshop.

*Accessibility of venue*

The Drawing room is on the third floor of St. Margaret’s House. There is lift access and there are accessible toilets on the same floor.

There is car parking available.

I am afraid I cannot provide speech-to-text service or sign language interpreters (unless anyone is willing to volunteer?)

The room is lit with big, bright windows, though we will be closing the curtains for some videos and slides. We’ll try to keep it reasonably quiet, and there are some spaces to for quiet in the hallway outside (there’s also a library).

If you have any other questions or needs, please feel free to ask (via email, twitter)

*Ticket Prices*

Please go for what you can afford. No-one will be barred from entry due to lack of funds.

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